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W.A.S.T.E. project: teachers from Petrozavodsk, Apatity and Sestroretsk took part in a study visit to Helsinki on environmental education

4 april 2012

At the end of March 24 teachers from Petrozavodsk, Apatity and Sestroretsk took part in a study visit to Helsinki on environmental education within the W. A. S. T. E. project.

Within the program of the trip participant visited Centre of recovery of materials in Helsinki founded in 1990. This Centre accepts different used things (furniture, dishes, clothes, books and so on) free of charge and then sell them at low prices. This Centre conducts it activities on the basis of sustainable development.

Moreover, within the program participants visited one of the biggest centers of waste utilization in the North countries, waste classification yard Ämmäsuo and landfill. Participants got information on the process of waste sorting, treatment and utilization, and secondary industry of paper, cardboard, metal and glass.

Also participants had a meeting with the representatives from the state specialized educational institute SYKLI. The main goal of SYKLI is to extend ecological knowledge, develop clients’ activity according to the principles of sustainable development.

And then participant had an opportunity to visit ecological school «Lapwing», school Helsinki University-owned and private kindergarten Sotkankoto. Activities within these organizations are based on the principles of sustainable development, environmental protection and proper waste treatment.

The W. A. S. T. E project will continue until the end of spring 2012 and the participants will continue to improve their skills through training courses in sustainable development and will develop a manual for teachers as a result of the project.

The next event of the project will be the visit to the islands of Turku Archipelago (Finland) organized for employees of the museum of wooden architecture Kizhi. The staff of the museum, which is annually visited by thousands of tourists, will get acquainted with Finnish experience on waste management on islands. The visit will take place on 28–31May.

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